KJC Design Solutions has worked on a number of projects involving balustrades, staircases and other architectural features in both office & residential environments.
On this project we needed to create a staircases that would allow access to the ground floor area and the first floor areas. The space that was to be utilised for access to both levels would be limited and 3 flights with a landing would be required to provide the solution.
The styling for the staircase and balustrade was required to have a modern but subtle look, which would be in keeping with the intended use for the working areas.
As designers, working in either an office or residential space we appreciate that sometimes the space needs to span across a number of floors and many British and European standards need to be adhered to.
The AutoCad 2D drawings of the plan of the area was provided to us by the architect, this showed the limited space that we were to work with. Using these drawings we could understand the limitations and work with the space and provide a solution.
Other considerations that we needed to be aware of when designing the balustrade and staircase system were the safety aspects of the environment. These issues could be door opening widths, height of the balustrade, weight of the components, architectural fixings and the strength of materials etc.
Features of the design staircase included a bespoke structural frame made from hollow steel sections that would be bolted to the walls and concrete floor. The risers for the stairs were made from stainless steel sheet and fitted with maple threads for the covering. 15mm toughened glass panels were fixed to the steelwork with special fixings to construct the balustrades. The top of the balustrades was finished with a brushed satin stainless steel handrail, which was also fitted on the adjoining the walls using custom stainless steel brackets.
Using SolidWorks, 3D sketches were used to create the handrails, creating a path for the profile to be swept through. The structural steel work was created by using steel profiles from weldments module, with plates added to create securing points.
Once the design was completed manufacturing drawing were created of the welded fabrication and individual glass panels. The final system was installed on site and met with the expectations of the client.